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DECATUR, Georgia (LifeSiteNews) — Glennwood Elementary School administrators have a strict mask mandate for their pupils but not for a former Democratic state representative. 

According to the Daily Mail, failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams visited the public school in Georgia to read her own book to young students on Friday, February 4. Abrams visited as part of the school’s “African American Read-In” event to start Black History Month, which runs through February. 

The school has strict masking policies. 

“Students 3 years and above are required to wear face masks while indoors. All staff are required to wear masks while in the Early Learning Center,” the Decatur school’s 2021-22 mitigation document says.  

“Mandatory masking for all staff and students while indoors,” applies to middle school and elementary students. 

Both conservative and liberal commentators missed the mark and criticized Abrams for not wearing a mask. 

Responding to the comment by Abrams’ handlers that she only took the mask off for the photo, Sunny Hostin on “The View” said, “She should have worn a mask. That’s a lame excuse.”  

Donald Trump Jr. and other conservatives said that Abrams, who is overweight, should have worn a mask to protect herself, but kids should not.  

“The most vulnerable to COVID are the old and the overweight. The people who run the country happen to be just that,” Fox News’ Jesse Watters said during a segment on his show discussing the controversy. 

Both takes are wrong. Masks are not intended to protect the person wearing it from getting a COVID infection – so conservatives are wrong to criticize Abrams for not wearing one due to her health. But liberals are also wrong, since masks have also been proven ineffective at stopping the spread of COVID.  

But even if masks did stop transmission of the virus, children are not at a significant risk for a severe reaction from COVID. Kids from 0 to 17 represent .01 percent of all U.S. deaths from the virus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. 

The issue is that school officials force children and staff to wear masks all day. 

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Matt lives in northwest Indiana with his wife and son. He has a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Economics and Catholic Studies from Loyola University, Chicago. He has an M.A. in Political Science and a graduate certificate in Intelligence and National Security from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He has worked for Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action, Turning Point USA and currently is an associate editor for The College Fix.